Bill Worthen Leading a Deep Dive into Onsite Water Reuse for IFMA Silicon Valley


What do you know about water reuse? Your office, home or your next project very likely has a water source or two that can be used for non-potable applications, but can you permit it? Do you know how to size a water reuse system at the building or district scale? How do you address the ‘yuck’ factor? And does the technology really work? If 95% of the water used in a commercial office building and 50% of the water used in a multi family residential building can be supplied from non-potable sources, what do you need to know to make water reuse work on your next project or in your building? Come learn about onsite water reuse.

Bill Worthen, founding principal at Urban Fabrick, will be leading an interactive session about onsite water reuse for the International Facility Management Association Silicon Valley chapter on Wednesday, October 14 from 7:30-10:00 am. Participants will learn about the San Francisco Non-potable Water Program which streamlines design, construction and ongoing operation of onsite water and what’s happening elsewhere in the state regarding the evolution of our water policies. He will discuss the mindset, policy, practice and tools design professionals, developers and facility managers needed to permit, design and operate onsite and district scale water reuse systems.

Bill Worthen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, GPR is currently focused on water re-use at the building and district scale and applying whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a design tool. Bill wrote The Future of Designing (with) Water published in the January 2014 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine covering the challenges and opportunities for designing onsite water re-use systems, black and gray water technology and the water-energy nexus. Bill is also the sustainability consultant on 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, a pre-certified LEED Platinum, 70 story mixed-use residential tower that is the first developer-driven project in San Francisco to install an onsite water reuse gray water system, saving over 1.3 million gallons of potable water a year.  Bill serves on the C40 Cities Roadmap Review Committee, the AIACC Energy and the Built Environment Steering Committee and holds the public seat on SF Municipal Green Building Task Force. Bill also created the Urban Fabrick Collaborative, a 501c3 focused on making sustainability fun, interesting and understandable to all.

Help Support Professional Education for Onsite Water Reuse
Design Professional’s Practice Guide for Integrating Onsite Water Use and Reuse
181 Fremont Water Reuse Profile

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